The Senate Strikes Back: The Battle Over Taxes

As college students, we may not be especially interested in our taxes yet. However, if we plan on getting a promotion or scoring a higher paying job after we graduate, this is definitely an issue that is going to affect our pocketbooks. Tax reform, especially these proposed bills, impacts Americans of all incomes, from $0 on up.  

Taxes, although necessary for our government to run effectively, are something nobody enjoys paying. No matter their employment or economic status, most all Americans want their taxes reduced. Continue reading “The Senate Strikes Back: The Battle Over Taxes”

To Stand or Not to Stand: Thoughts on National Anthem Kneeling

For better or worse, one of the most discussed and debated topics across the country this past week has been the recent controversy over whether athletes should be taking a knee during the national anthem. The arguments over kneeling were ignited in 2016, when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose to protest racism and police brutality by sitting during the anthem, later changing his strategy and taking a knee instead.


Players who take a knee are protesting racism toward colored people in the United States. SB Nation reports that Eric Reid, who protested alongside Kaepernick, wrote in The New York Times “We chose to kneel because it’s a respectful gesture. I remember thinking our posture was like a flag flown at half-mast to mark a tragedy.”  Continue reading “To Stand or Not to Stand: Thoughts on National Anthem Kneeling”

Irma Leaves Devastation In Its Wake

Many buildings and streets in the Florida Keys have been severely damaged by Hurricane Irma. Photo found on Elite Daily.

Hurricane Irma, the monster storm that wrecked havoc in Florida and the Caribbean in August and September, left behind mountains of damage. According to The Weather Channel, “This is the first time on record two Category 4 landfalls occured in the continental United States in the same hurricane season, much less within 16 days.”

Lives and homes were lost, and now many people come together to rebuild and find hope. Continue reading “Irma Leaves Devastation In Its Wake”

Hurricane Irma Hits Close To Home

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Former Black Hawk College student and 15 year resident of the Quad Cities, Imon Ahmed, weathered out Hurricane Irma from Orlando. Additionally, Farida Chowdhury, who lives in Port St Lucie, took in her family, who were threatened by the brunt of the hurricane in Ft Lauderdale. Ahmed is the sister of current Black Hawk College Professor Ferdaus Ahmad, and Chowdhury is Professor Ahmad’s cousin. Continue reading “Hurricane Irma Hits Close To Home”

Death of supreme court justice sparks major debate


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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died Saturday February 13th at the age of 79. Officials say he died in his sleep of natural causes during a visit to Texas. Scalia was the longest serving justice on the Supreme Court and also one of the most conservative. His unfortunate passing has led to a major debate about whether or not President Barack Obama should be allowed to nominate a successor because this is an election year and whoever he chooses, if selected, could push the Supreme Court more toward the liberal side. Continue reading “Death of supreme court justice sparks major debate”

Future holds promise for Super Tuesday winners


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The 2016 Presidential race is in full swing, and candidates from both parties were primed for Super Tuesday, as primaries were held in 13 states including American Samoa.

The significance of Super Tuesday couldn’t be more evident. Since 1988, the candidate who has won the most states on Super Tuesday has gone on to win their party’s nomination.

A total of 1,460 delegates were up for stake last Tuesday, with 865 on the Democratic side and 595 on the Republican side. Continue reading “Future holds promise for Super Tuesday winners”

Surviving sans budget and the resulting trickle down effect

chump-moneyLearning to live on a budget is something that many college students need to adjust to sooner or later. For those who have mastered such a feat, Bravo! You are doing better than the State of Illinois.
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